Balanced attack fuels Loyola past rival UIC
Clayton Custer, Marques Townes and Cameron Krutwig scored 16 points apiece, and visiting Loyola shot 57 percent from the field on its way to a 73-64 victory Saturday against UIC.
Cooper Kaifes added 12 points for the Ramblers (5-3), who had 20 assists on their 29 baskets and won despite being outrebounded 37-28. They have beaten the Flames (3-5) six times in a row.
Marcus Ottey scored 20 points and Godwin Boahen 16 for UIC, but leading scorer Tarkus Ferguson was limited to nine points on 3-for-12 shooting and the Flames made only five of their 23 threepointers.
Michigan 76, Purdue 57
Jordan Poole led four players in double figures with 21 points, and the No. 7 Wolverines (8-0, 1-0) held the No. 19 Boilermakers (5-3, 0-1) to 36 percent shooting in the Big Ten opener for both teams in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Jon Teske added a career-high 17 points and eight rebounds, Ignas Brazdeikis 12 points and Zavier Simpson 10 points and seven assists for Michigan, which is off to its best start since opening 16-0 in 2012-13.
Carsen Edwards led Purdue with 19 points but shot only 7-for-21 from the field.
Maryland 66, Penn State 59
Jalen Smith scored 16 points and Anthony Cowan Jr. 15, including two clutch three-pointers down the stretch, and the No. 24 Terrapins (7-1, 1-0) used big advantages in rebounding and free throws to fight off the Nittany Lions (4-3, 0-1) in the Big Ten opener for both teams in College Park, Maryland.
Lamar Stevens scored 19 points and Josh Reaves 17 — all in the first half — for Penn State, which was outrebounded 40-28 and outscored 18-4 from the freethrow line.
Gonzaga 103, Creighton 92
Former Simeon star Zach Norvell Jr. scored 23 of his career-high 28 points in the second half, and the No. 1 Bulldogs (8-0) fought back from a double-digit deficit in the first half to defeat the Bluejays (6-2) in Omaha, Nebraska.
Marquette 83, Kansas State 71
Markus Howard scored 45 points to carry the Golden Eagles (6-2) to an upset of the No. 12 Wildcats (6-1) in Milwaukee. Howard was 11-for-17 from the field, including four threepointers, and 19-for-21 from the free-throw line.
Purdue’s Nojel Eastern looks to swat the ball away from Michigan’s Jon Teske during the second half Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich.